After it was revealed that Tobie Puttock is leaving the show, channel Seven today announced award-winning chef Colin Fassnidge will join the Network’s top-rating home-cooking program, My Kitchen Rules.
The Dublin born chef and restaurateur, who once worked under Gordon Ramsay, will take his seat at the MKR judges’ table when the series returns in 2013.
Known for his nose to tail cooking philosophy, the cheeky and outspoken Irishman says he’s “excited” to be joining the program that attracted 2.89 million people during its season 3 finale.
“My Kitchen Rules is the top cooking program in the country, I’m just surprised they’re letting me on it!” jokes Fassnidge.
Contestants beware; Fassnidge says he will approach his judging role with “honesty”.“If I’m judging a dish and it’s no good, I’ll say that. That’s what I’m there for. I’m interested in seeing contestants develop and improve,” he says.
“There’s no point sugar-coating everything. That’s not going to help anyone.”
Commenting on Fassnidge’s signing with MKR, executive producer Rikkie Proost says “Colin’s passion and flair will bring a unique flavour to the MKR menu.”
Fassnidge began his career at London’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in 1994 where he completed his apprenticeship under esteemed French chef Raymond Blanc.
Arriving in Australia in 1999, he worked at some of Sydney’s most acclaimed restaurants including Banc and est. In 2003 he took over The Four In Hand dining room transforming its pub fare into the 2-hatted restaurant it is today.
In May this year, Fassnidge opened the Sydney dining hotspot 4/Fourteen which has already established itself as a favorite among food critics and patrons alike.
My Kitchen Rules, hosted by Pete Evans and Manu Feildel, returns to Seven in 2013.